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"Great. In the middle of the third novella. Each so far has had a different style, but a shared feel that mostly comes from the main character. Here's a passage I felt I had to write down for some reason: "It was clear that life always holds in store surprises that are much more complex and unforeseeable than any dream, and the secret is to let them come and not block them with castles in the air." - Maqroll" Feb 19, 2011 10:31AM


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The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl, Vol. 1 by Ryan North
" They recently did a standalone hardcover book entitled _The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl Beats Up The Marvel Universe_

So.. there's that. I give it a thumb
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This Time of Darkness by Helen Mary Hoover
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I was poking around old children's literature for my niece a couple of months ago when I remembered this book. I must have read it sometime in elementary, and it made a strong impression on me. I googled something like "underground city children's bo ...more
Farewell, My Lovely by Raymond Chandler
" Oh jeez, Circe.

I did exactly the same thing after I read the Big Sleep years ago. Just blazed through every single Chandler book I could find at the
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The Iliad by Homer
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FYI, this edition is the Robert Fagles translation, and is a paperback - not a hardcover.

Anyway, what to say? I read Herodotus' Histories, which isn't *exactly* historical, and I probably should have read this first.

It seems like literature is a tre
The Orchard Keeper by Cormac McCarthy
" I'm actually thinking of requesting If on a Winter's Night a Traveler...

Everyone tells me that Blood Meridian's the best. It's sitting down there in t
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The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander
"This definitely changed my opinion on incarceration, confirmed and amplified my opposition to the War on Drugs, and illuminated the horrifying amount of underlying racism in our criminal justice system to me. It's an Important and well-researched..." Read more of this review »
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When Everything Changed by Gail Collins
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Received as a gift, e-book edition; read it on the Kindle app on my new iPad mini.

I read this to brush up a little on feminism and women's rights. I still feel unversed in the topic, but at the same time I can thoroughly recommend this book as provid
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Sodom and Gomorrah by Marcel Proust
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If the first book is about childhood memories, the second is about adolescence, and the third is about entering adult society, this volume is about sexual love of adults in society.

Before writing this, I thought I'd go back and read my earlier revie
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The Stand by Stephen King
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As long as I've run into other readers, I've run into Stephen King enthusiasts. And for a few years now I've asked them, "Okay, what should I read?" And everyone always says, "The Stand." (And short stories. And On Writing. And the early gunslinger b ...more
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